Today, I want to talk to you about something that is very important: Sleep. You may think that the topic of sleep is mundane and not very spiritual. However, sleep will definitely impact your spiritual life. In fact, Psalm 127:2 says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Therefore, sleep is a gift from God, and if you don’t get enough of it, sorrow will be the end result.
Maybe getting too little sleep is not your issue. Maybe you sleep too much. That too is a problem and is possibly a fruitful topic for another blog. But seriously, I am writing this to myself because I know that, very often, I don’t get enough sleep, and it’s my own fault! The Holy Spirit tells me to go to bed, and I continue to stay up anyway. I am confessing my fault so that I may be healed (James 5:16). Therefore, my friend, if you tend to “burn the candle at both ends” as well, please obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit to get more sleep for the following reasons:
- The anointing on your life is affected. Tiredness can affect the Holy Spirit’s ability to flow through you. Therefore, maximizing the anointing on your life could be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep.
- Your love walk is impacted. We are commanded to walk in love in Ephesians 5:2. However, we can get short-fused, more easily angered and irritated when we are sleep deprived. We are better able to walk in love when we have had enough sleep.
- The devil has greater access to your emotions. In I Kings 19:4, the prophet Elijah sat down under a broom tree and asked God to take his life. Why? Because he was tired. Improper sleep makes you more emotionally vulnerable to satanic attack.
- You’re putting your health in jeopardy. Lack of rest will also cause your immune system to be compromised. That sets you up to have sickness and disease manifest in your body. Since your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19), sleep is one way to keep your temple in good repair.
- Your cognitive function is degraded. Have you ever noticed that your memory is impaired when you don’t get enough sleep? When your brain is not functioning optimally, it’s harder to understand and memorize scriptures.
- Your energy is sapped. When you are tired, you won’t be able to accomplish the goals, dreams and visions God put in your heart. You don’t want to get up early and pray and read God’s Word. Therefore, a lack of sleep could cause you to miss your destiny.
- Your creativity is impeded. Deuteronomy 8:18 says God gives you the power to get wealth. How? Through creative ideas. Sleep deprived people are less creative and are therefore less likely to receive good money-making ideas.
Given these negative consequences, it would behoove us all to GO TO BED ON TIME. When the Holy Spirit speaks, we need to listen. Recognize that this is indeed an important aspect of your spiritual life, and it does impact your ability to do what God has called you to do.
What changes do you need to make in the coming days with regards to your sleep habits? Please leave a comment below.
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